Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Will Robots Steal Your Job?

"Software could kill lawyers." says Slate. "Why that's good for everyone else."

While legal automation will be a boon for those who can't afford representation, it's bad news for lawyers. The industry is already in a slump, and law school is no longer seen as a sure path to riches. Because software will allow fewer lawyers to do a lot more work, it's sure to drive down both price and demand.

This underlines the continuing theme that technology could remove a lot of routine white-collar jobs. And it could happen quite quickly, once the software reaches a threshold where it can perform well.

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